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Advertising’s Placebo Effect

Whether it’s Ashton Kutcher hawking cameras or cute cartoons peddling sugary breakfast cereal, advertising is designed to boost sales and turn a higher profit. But when the product is a … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Whooshing Sound of Deadlines

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” Douglas Adams, writer and humorist, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Kerstin Nordstrom … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

How Miss Teen USA reminds us of the importance of sci-tech communication

A recent cyber-security breach for Miss Teen USA 2013 led to a blackmail plot, an FBI investigation, and some personal reflection on the importance of communicating science and technology news, … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The past and future of science journalism: an interview with Robert Bazell of NBC News and Yale

What will a veteran science journalist do after leaving TV to join a university, and how does he think the field has — or hasn’t — changed? by Amanda Alvarez … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

UnPaint My Art

Not enough emphasis can be put on the fact that there is no universal print stripper — Rubin M. Operowsky, speaking at the 1954 Convention of the American Electroplaters’ Society … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Will Online Dating Make Us Vulnerable … To Disaster?

As people become busy and data analysis becomes ubiquitous, we’ve even trusted software programs to find our perfect mate.  Does this formula for romance have consequences in the gene pool?     … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Out of the GMO Jungle

The discussions around genetically modified organisms sometimes seems hopelessly muddled, with intertwined concerns about human health, ecological impacts, and agribusiness. A recent article makes strides toward disambiguating these distinct issues. … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · Leave a comment